Thursday, November 28, 2013

First Thanks, Then Giving

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Let the Sales Begin!

Here we go!  Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, Cyber Monday .... and full speed ahead through the holidays! 

My Another Bright Idea shop is having a 40% off holiday clearance sale on all digital collages and photographs. Once sold, they will not be relisted.
Holiday Clearance Park Bench Digital Photograph 

 In my More Bright Ideas shop, EVERYTHING is 10% off.  In case you haven't looked into my shop lately, there's lots of Christmas wreaths, ornaments, and other holiday decor.  Many of the items are made with repurposed and recycled materials. 

 Holiday Sale Vintage Style Evergreen Wreath with Vintage Ornaments and Holiday Decor

Have a great holiday season!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Nurse Ratched

My posts here may be few and far between for awhile: I'm in Wisconsin helping my sister, who had a hip replacement on Wednesday.  So far she's doing very well.  It's a serious surgery, but from what I have heard and I'm seeing now with her, the recovery is pretty darn decent.  Hope her recuperation continues as well as it is so far. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Wreaths for Christmas 2013

 One of the most popular tutorials I have posted on this blog has been this Pinecone Wreath tutorial. As you can see, I still follow my own advice! These two new wreaths were just listed in my etsy shop.

Also listed, this evergreen vintage style wreath.  It's covered with vintage wooden ornaments, handmade ornaments, berries, beads and lots of other decorative holiday trims.  I love this wreath!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Christmas Ornaments for the Cook

It's that time of year when the holidays keep coming and coming.  Halloween's done, Thanksgiving is coming soon, and Christmas ... oh my ... Christmas!  Truth be told I have been working on Christmas items for a while already and thinking about the holiday festivities.  

"Visions of sugarplums danced in their heads ..."  I'm Polish - visions of PIEROGI dance in MY head!  The holidays are about the only times I allow myself to eat all those wonderful Polish foods I grew up on.

So last year for Christmas I made some pierogi ornaments for the family.  This year I decided to expand my food ornament repertoire and create more ornaments for the cooks I know.  How about ravioli, dumplings, and potstickers in addition to pierogi?


Ecru felt
Jingle Bells

 The process was quite simple.  I figured out my dimensions and created templates for the ornaments, then cut out the fabric.

The (approximate) dimensions I used:

Dumpling - 6" diameter circle
Pierogi - 5" x 4.25" oval
Potsticker - 4.25" square
Ravioli - 3" square


After stitching on a loop for hanging, I took a running stitch by hand around the edge of the fabric.  I added a ball of polyfil inside and pulled the thread tight, gathering and shaping the ornament as shown.

I strung the jingle bell on ribbon, created a ribbon bow, and stitched it down to the dumpling.  


The pierogi are simply folded over, stuffed with polyfil, and machine stitched around the edge, then trimmed with pinking shears.

The jingle bell and ribbon bow were added in the same way as above.


For the potstickers, I pulled up opposite ends of the square and used dabs of fabric glue to hold the edges together, with polyfil added and the hanging loop stitched in the middle.

The jingle bell and ribbon bow were then added.


The ravioli are perhaps the simplest to make.  Two pieces of fabric are filled with polyfil and machine stitched around the edges.  The edges are then trimmed with pinking shears and the bell and bow added.

I love these ornaments!  They were quite easy to put together and I think they'll bring a smile to cooks and chefs for Christmas!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Banner is Featured!

My rustic fall banner received a very nice writeup on the Fine Craft Guild blog here.

I love the way Rose used the features in my banner to illustrate 5 tips for creating the perfect rustic fall banner.  I'm so very flattered!  Thank you, Rose!

Fine Craft Guild

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday Funnies

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